Maria Jarema (1908 - 1958, Polska) / Dwie głowy Late 1950
Ost-Berlin, Unter den Linden 1956
What is this? It’s the American cargo ship West Mahomet in port, circa November 1918. During World War I British and American merchant ships adopted “dazzle camouflage” in hopes that it would help to confuse their type, size, and heading in enemy rangefinders.
It’s hard to say how well it succeeded as camouflage, but it’s a notable episode in art history: The painting style employed ideas from cubism and vorticism, and English artist Edward Wadsworth, who had helped to direct the effort, continued to pursue these themes even after the war — below is his Dazzle-ships in Drydock at Liverpool from 1919.
1000 Year Old Baobab Tree
Christmas Day, Petrus Community Hostel, Everton, Liverpool
Moisei Ginzburg, Solomon Lisagor, and Gustav Gassenpflug, model of the competition entry for the Palace of the Soviets (1931).